Agatha Christie's Poirot, Series 4
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David Suchet returns as the dapper Belgian detective in these three feature-length mysteries from the hit series. Aided by Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser, Sharpe) and Chief Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson, Little Voice), Hercule Poirot tackles the trickiest of cases with savvy and finesse. These newly remastered episodes bring Agatha Christie’s 1930s Europe to vibrant life. Guest stars include Donald Sumpter (Game of Thrones) and Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who).
The Mysteries (original U.K. broadcast order):
"The ABC Murders"—Poirot investigates the baffling mystery of a murderer who announces his next victims through a series of chilling letters, each addressed to the detective himself.
"Death in the Clouds"—There’s murder in the skies as a ruthless blackmailer is killed on board a plane full of likely suspects. Unfortunately for the culprit, a certain Belgian detective is a fellow passenger.
"One, Two, Buckle My Shoe"—When a popular dentist is gunned down, a murderous chain of events ensues. A broken shoe buckle becomes the key to untangling a deadly web of deception.
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SUBTITLES option available for all 3 episodes. Aired first in1992, set 4 of the re-released series now being offered in order of the original TV airings.
`The ABC Murders' 1936 (also book release year) Jim Hastings returns to help Poirot who's anxious for a crime to solve. A murderer taunts Poirot with letters announcing deaths and signing himself as ABC. Victims are not as random as they seem, quickly discovered, but alphabetical. Star Donald Sumpter plays Cust, a stocking salesman. Donald Fraser played by Nicholas Farrell (A Woman of Alexander Bonaparte Cust are standout.
`Death in the Clouds' Agatha's 1935 publication seems to be taking place in that year. Poirot flies from Paris to London when a murder occurs on the flight making even Poirot a suspect, plus all aboard. Madame Giselle (Eve Pearce- `Lyyton's Diary') dies and Japp wants Poirot's help even if he may have been the killer. Lady Horbury (Cathryn Harrison) is delightful in lavish period costumes. Stewardess Grey (Sarah Woodward) super as Poirot's helper and catch Jenny Downham playing daughter Anne. See Paris of old, and an early passenger plane interior.Read more ›
These had been previously released in various "Poirot Movie Collections" using the old 1992 film to video transfers in standard definition. Now ITV, the owner of LWT programs, has gone back to the original camera films to do new Hi-Definition transfers, making the series look fresh and new.
The three great two hour episodes here are:
31 4-01 05/January/92 "THE A.B.C. MURDERS"
32 4-02 12/January/92 "DEATH IN THE CLOUDS"
33 4-03 19/January/92 "ONE, TWO, BUCKLE MYSHOE"
While these may have been filmed in 16mm, going back to0 the original camera 16mm film elements to create this transfer will always look better than a 1992 standard definition transfer of a 16mm copy made from a 16mm dubbing negative.
as it came on. We would try to figure it out before Poirot did, but he always won.
The gentle, polite manner and the smart calm way he uses the information to come to the answer
it really keeps you guessing. I love the little man who is not from France.
The ABC murders, one of Christie's best, was not disappointing on film. Staying on plot, this film version neatly tells the tale of Poirot's search for a serial killer who uses the alphabet and ABC railroad guides to lead the merry chase. Donald Sumpter turns in an outstanding performance as Cust; the rest of the cast is strong. A good outing.
Death in the Clouds -- one of my least favorite of her stories, this film version is excellent, with notable performances by Catheryn Harrison as Lady Horbury and the main cast. Sylish and engrossing, it is a job well done, though if you're paying attention, you can solve the mystery yourself.
One Two, Buckle My Shoe, an excellent adaptation of the original story, really can't say much to criticize. Watch for Christopher Eccleston and enjoy! Very well done.
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As always, a show worth watching. Plot, dialogue, sets...all are sublime.Published 7 days ago by Charger fan
Just as Poirot is impeccable and interesting, so is this series. Enjoy!Published 1 month ago by Ginny
David Suchet is truly smashing as Hercule Poirot along with the supporting cast Pauline Moran as Miss Lemon and Hugh Fraser as Captain Hastings. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Yolanda Naugles